Hayley Dewe


Doctoral Researcher

School of Psychology


Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


PhD Title: Investigating proneness to anomalous bodily experiences (e.g. Out-of-Body experiences) on illusions of body ownership and event-related psychophysiology during the Rubber-Hand illusion.

PhD Supervisor: Dr Jason Braithwaite

Hayley Dewe is undertaking doctoral research into neurocognitive correlates of hallucinatory experiences of the self. Specifically, those prone to anomalous bodily experiences in the general population (e.g. Out-of-Body experiences) and their susceptibility to illusions of embodiment and event-related psychophysiology during the Rubber-Hand Illusion.


BSc Psychology (Birmingham)
MRes Psychology (Birmingham)


Hayley completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology followed by her Masters of Research in Psychology, both at the University of Birmingham.


Hayley is a member of the Selective Attention and Awareness Laboratory (SAAL), directed by Dr Jason Braithwaite.

Neurocognitive correlates of Hallucinations / Delusions / Anomalous Cognition including: 

  • Embodiment & hallucinatory experiences of the ‘Self’ e.g. susceptibility to the Rubber Hand Illusion 
  • Anomalous bodily experiences e.g. Out-of-Body Experiences and Depersonalization 
  • Cortical hyperexcitability & Anomalous perceptions 
  • Sensed presence / Religiosity / Paranormal experiences 
  • Emotional processing & event-related psychophysiology 
  • Perspective-taking mechanisms.

Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham: investigating cortical hyperexcitability and dissociative experiences associated with signs of depersonalization in non-clinical samples.

Other activities

Appeared on BBC News and in regional Newspapers promoting research on the Rubber-Hand Illusion in the Selective Awareness and Attention Laboratory.


View David Gregory Kumar’s report here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4mgndAaGdc&feature=youtu.be

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Year 3 module: Hallucinations & Delusions in the Normal, Pathological and Clinical Population


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